RUNNING COMMENTS Feb’09

(Plus the usual drivel as we boldly drivel where no man has drivelled before)

 

Annual Subscriptions

The proposed fees for 2009 will remain the same and are: -

                                                         Juniors………£6.00

                                                   Competing………£16.00

                                                          Social………£10.00

 

So, from 1st January 2009, the subscription for Adults are £16, and for Juniors £6. For those of you wishing to remain members without competing the fee will be £10.  (For every member Junior and Senior we have to pay £5.00 to UK Athletics)

 

For this members get free entry to the Harrier League Cross Country, Elswick Good Friday relays, Regional and National cross country, any other team events (where we can get a team), Winter Series and Club Handicap.

 

If anyone is not wishing to renew their membership, can they please let Ralph Dickinson know so that he can remove them from the Club database? Otherwise the Club will have to pay the required affiliation fee to England Athletics.

 

 

Annual Presentation Night

After the usual thought and deliberation, this year’s presentation night will be on Saturday 9th May at Blyth Golf Club.

The format will be a buffet, with a Disco and a top local personality (i.e. Ralph) to present the trophies to the hard-working athletes.

As usual, dress will have to be casual but smart, (i.e. no jeans, trainers etc etc).

Price will be £9.00 for Seniors and £6.50 for Under 18’s

 

 

Blyth Running Club On-Line

The running club website now has a new domain name (www.blythrunningclub.org.uk) and it is this new site that will be kept up to date.  It is the intention to gradually update this new site with the missing results etc. from the last couple of years, as well as ensuring that it is being regularly updated with our current activities.  For the time being some results/news/information will still need to be accessed via Dave K’s Blyth Extra site and Keith’s Juniors site, but hopefully over a period of time these 2 sites will be merged onto the main one.

The new site contains all the information from the old one, although with a different menu structure, and a news section has also been added.

The old domain name (blythrunningclub.co.uk) still exists but will not be updated. 

So if anybody wants anything added to the web-site or has any suggestions please contact Steve Walker at website@blythrunningclub.org.uk.

 

 

Volunteers/helpers required

 

Blyth Valley 10k – “Spirit Of The Staithes”

This years Blyth Valley 10K will take place on Sunday 26th April at 10:00 and is again being sponsored by TRANSPED

As usual we will require a large number of volunteers to ensure that the race goes off smoothly. We will probably require marshals, people to take late entries, man the drinks station etc etc

This is also the same day as the London Marathon so we may well have a few people missing for that.

 

Harrier League – Cramlington 28th February

Once again Blyth have offered to arrange a Harrier League Cross Country race at Cramlington nature reserve.

 

 

Grand Prix Leagues

 

 The Grand Prix Leagues for 2009 are as follows:-

 

Div 1

Div 2

Div 3

Div 4

 

Andrew Henderson

Dave Cox

Chris Stone

Paul Bertram

Paul Whalley

Mal Darbyshire

Dave Bradley

Julie Lemin

Gary Jones

Shaun Dodd

Terry McCabe

Louise Douglas

Robbie Barkley

Dave Roberts

Graham Stewart

Davina Lonsdale

Peter Brown

Ralph Dickinson

Dawn Palmer

Lynn Watson

Steve Richardson

Steve Gillespie

Helen Bruce

Sharon Richardson

Martin Gaughan

Dave Logan

Ron Ingram

Sarah Herron

Rob Hall

John Mallon

Steve Bush

Natalie Clark

Steve Walker

Leanne Herron

Terry Hart

Sarah Kaminski

Joe Frazer

Gareth Hope

Aynsley Herron

 

Tony Horsley

 

Susie Hunter

 

IF ANYONE HAS BEEN ENTERED BY MISTAKE PLEASE LET US KNOW

 

 

The first race is Sunday 22nd February at Pocklington (Snake Lane Ten Mile), and the next race will be the Haweswater Half Marathon on Sunday 1st March

 

Athletics League

As most people should be aware Blyth have formed a composite team with Wallsend Harriers and entered a team into the North Of England Athletics Track and Field League (Division 4E, the bottom league) Dates are Saturdays, 2nd May, 6th June, Sundays 5th July and 2nd August.

Teams in the league are: Birtley/South Shields, Blaydon Harriers, Hartlepool, Houghton, Middlesbrough, NSP, and Tynedale. Ralph, Helen and I will meet with Wallsend to discuss the finer details. 

 

Signals Relays

The Signals Relays were scheduled for 7th February but were postponed at the last minute due to the icy conditions and have been re-scheduled for 21st March. Originally we had two Ladies and Mens teams, let’s hope we still do when they are eventually run

 

                                            Juniors

 

Harrier League

Still three races left in the Harrier league if anybody wants to have a go. The dates are:

                     Sat 26th February  Cramlington, Nature Reserve 

 

                     Sat 14th March Tynedale (Prudhoe)

 

                     Sat 28th March South Shields (Temple Park)  

 

Good Friday Races – Newburn

These are very popular races in the North East and are held on Good Friday at Newburn Industrial Estate. Any Juniors interested in competing see Keith or George. Normal age categories apply although there maybe a race for the Under 11’s.

 

Young Athletes League

Once again we will be competing in the Young Athletes League as a composite team with Alnwick Harriers. The teams in this year’s league are: Sunderland Harriers, North Shields Poly, South Shields, Gateshead, Birtley and Houghton Harriers.

The fixtures are:  May 3rd Churchill Playing Fields (meet at Blyth Sports Centre at 10:30)

                          May 17th Churchill Playing Fields (meet at Blyth Sports Centre at 10:00, Blyth to host)

                          June 21st Gateshead (meet at Blyth Sports Centre at 09:45)

                          July 19th Monkton Stadium, Jarrow (Meet at Blyth Sports Centre at 09:45)

 

Hopefully, we will arrange some sprint and jumps coaching, anybody interested see Keith

 

Younger Athletes  Gateshead Stadium

Gateshead Harriers will be organising some events for the younger members of their club, and they will allow competitors from other clubs.

Dates are: Sunday April 26th;   Sunday May 17th; Sunday June 21st; Sunday July 5th; Sunday August 2nd

all meetings 9.30 – 12.30 sharp         [registration from 9.00 a.m.]

 

Programme of events:

TIME                UNDER 12yrs             UNDER 11yrs             UNDER 10yrs             UNDER 9yrs

                        (School year 6)           (School year 5)           (School year 4)           (School year 3)

 

9.00-9.30                  REGISTRATION, RECEIPT OF NUMBERS,  ETC

 

9.30                 60m sprint                   Long Jump                  400m                           Javelin throw

 

10.00               Javelin throw               60m sprint                   Long Jump                  400m

 

10.30               600m                           Javelin throw               60m sprint                   Long Jump

 

11.00               Long Jump                  600m                           Javelin throw               60m sprint

 

11.30               FINALS OF 60m EVENTS – Under 12, Under 11, Under 10, Under 9 yrs

 

 

Junior Handicap

This years Junior Handicap will probably be on Monday 27th April. Further details to follow

 

 

Blyth Running Club

Minutes of meeting held 14th January 2009

 

Apologies: Aynsley Herron, Louise Rawlinson; Anne Potts, John Mallon & Mal Darbyshire

 

The meeting commenced at 8.46 p.m.

 

Minutes of meeting held 8th December 2008 were read and approved.

 

Matters Arising

 

Sands Race – The profit from the Sands Race was £141.08.

 

Laptop Dave Kitching will have a word with Eddie Woods to discuss requirements. Leanne Herron suggests Health Check for PC.

 

Notice Board – Keith Willshire has prepared a DRAFT letter to send to Sports Centre. Kevin Freeman will speak to Sports Centre management initially to see if we can resolve the issue before any letter is sent.

 

Grand Prix – Draft leagues have been drawn up and will be checked before being circulated.

 

Chairman’s Report.

 

Kevin said he didn’t have a report but he would like to address the meeting.

  • I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and health, happiness and prosperity.
  • On behalf of the committee and myself I wish to pass on sincere thanks for all the hard conscientious work done by Ralph in chairing BRC for as long as I can remember, 10+years. During this time he has helped BRC to grow and develop.
  • I feel proud, honoured, privileged and excited to be chair of such a wonderful club. However, I’m not foolish. I understand I’m not here for any special ability, skill, expertise, experience, business acumen, vote, election, nomination etc, simply because NO ONE ELSE WANTS TO.
  • Listening to a gentleman last week he felt BRC in the last 6 years had gone backward, regressed, faltered. I’m not of that opinion. My perception is of a strong healthy club that is developing and growing and MY AIM IS TO CONTINUE WITH THAT. Every club has peaks and troughs. Strong clubs deal with troughs when they invariably come along. BRC is equipped.

There are several Areas of Focus I would like to pursue.

·        Junior development – these are the future of the club. I hope we can continue offer all physical and financial help needed, and that Keith will continue.

·        Senior female development - I hope we can continue offer all physical and financial help needed, and that Helen will continue.

·        Maintain and develop our own excellent athletics events; BV10k, Blyth Sands Race, Links 10k, Cramlington XC, Winter Series, Summer Cup. These need to protected, cared for, nurtured and developed.  They are gems and precious.

·        Concentrate on our new ventures into track athletics.
Support the Junior Track League

·        Support the Senior Northern Athletics League

·        More representation to be encouraged for Championship events in Road/XC/Track

 

Secretary’s Report

 

Ralph reported that that he had received the following;

·        Results from Morpeth 11k

·        Regional Council Election Letter

·        Nestle Go Free 2009 Publication (to be passed to Keith)

·        Community and Voluntary Action BV Publication including Northern Rock Newsletter

·        National Cross Country Entries

·        Vets Athletics Association North East Northern Cross Country Championships

·        25th Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays

·        Ladies Numbers for London Cross Country

·        Brands Hatch Half Marathon Entries

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Finances are satisfactory and in order.

 

Social

 

Leanne Herron is taking over as Social Secretary and is meeting with Aynsley Herron to discuss Presentation Night.

 

Kit

 

No report.  Suzanne Hunter has some ideas for sports wear requirements that she would like to discuss with Mal.

 

Juniors

 

Keith reported that there will be 4 meetings of the Young Athlete League. The dates of these meetings are: 3rd May, 17th May, 20th June and 12th July. BRC have to organize the event on 17th May at Monkton.  There will be 7 teams in the league.  Coaching sessions will be held leading up to the meetings.

 

AOB.

 

Cross Country at East Cramlington – Dave has produced a revised course that needs checking.  All other requirements are in hand.  Ralph to check for marshals.

 

Senior Track & Field League – Ralph spoke to Martin Telford of Wallsend to discuss partnering arrangements and athlete participation in the league.  Meeting to be set up.

 

Blyth 10k –Ralph to check availability of Quay Pub.

 

Due to the lateness of the hour the meeting was suspended and any other questions were deferred.

The meeting closed at 10.05 p.m.

 

Blyth Running Club

Minutes of meeting held 2nd February 2009

 

Apologies: John Mallon & Louise Rawlinson

 

The meeting commenced at 8.31 p.m.

 

Minutes of meeting held 14th January 2008 were read and approved. This was proposed by Helen Morris and seconded by Iain Singer.

 

Matters Arising

 

Cross Country at East Cramlington – The revised course had been tried out by both Iain Singer and Keith Willshire. Iain stated the section between points 2 & 3 was unrunnable when he tried out the route, but Keith found no problems when he and the juniors ran the course. If on the day of the event it is particularly wet, we may need to move this section 30m to the northeast. Ralph is organizing marshals.

 

Senior Track & Field League – Ralph still to set up a meeting with Martin Telford of Wallsend to discuss partnering arrangements and athlete participation in the league. Both Helen and Keith have provided a list showing order and time of events.

 

Blyth 10k –Ralph has booked Quay Pub for the event. Sponsorship is being provided by Transped, John Gunn, Blyth Valley Borough Council and Herrons. Ralph is organizing marshals.

 

Chairman’s Report.

 

Kevin had the following to report.

  • Well done to Iain and Lisa for tying the knot after a short 16year engagement.
  • He was pleased to see Blyth RC represented in 7 events at the Northern Cross Country at St Helens.
  • He had spoken to the Sports Centre and there was no chance of moving the Notice Board. Due to the negative response from Sports Centre Manager, Kevin will send a letter to Bruce Ledger, the Chief Executive for Leisure & Culture at BVBC.

 

Secretary’s Report

 

Ralph reported that he had received the normal race entry letters and had sent in the Signals Relay Entries.

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Dave reported that the funds are healthy. He also stated the laptop problem had been resolved.

 

Social

 

Leanne will be organizing a DJ for the Presentation Night on Saturday 9th May.

 

Kit

 

Mal reported he had loads of gear including ladies crop top samples. He is open to suggestions at all times on various bits of apparel.

 

Juniors

 

Keith reported that everything is progressing for the Young Athlete League, the first meeting being on Sunday 3rd May at Churchill Playing Fields. The second meeting will also be at Churchill Playing Fields on Sunday 17th May. We have to organise this event. Assistance would be appreciated.

 

AOB.

 

Club Survey – Keith had collated the responses from the survey and these were circulated to the committee. The committee members will take away these results and highlight any points of concern and report back to the next meeting. The results from the survey will also be made available on the club website.

 

Hartlepool Road RunnersKeith reported that at a recent Clubs conference he had talked to Hartlepool who organise women only beginners sessions and regularly get 80 – 90 attendees with 10 – 15 becoming Club members. He wondered if it was something BRC could be doing. Additional, Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure (BVAL) had an article in the News Post Leader advertising “jogging sessions” for beginners. Keith is arranging a meeting with Catherine Old of BVAL to discuss any partnering type arrangements.

 

Club Sponsors –It was agreed that we should offer 2 free tickets to the main club sponsor for the Presentation Night and Xmas Disco.

 

Grand Prix –The leagues have been formulated and circulated and are also on the website. The leagues may be varied after the first three events if it is felt that certain athletes are in the wrong league.

 

The meeting closed at 9:27 p.m.

 

 

CLUB COMMITTEE 2009

After the AGM, the current format of the committee is:

Chairman: Kevin Freeman
Secretary: Ralph Dickinson

Treasurer: Dave Kitching

Development Officer: Ralph Dickinson

Welfare & Child Protection Officer: Keith Willshire

Juniors: Keith Willshire
Web Site: Steve Walker (but not on committee)

Press/Communications Officer: Keith Willshire
Coaching Co-Ordinator: Aynsley Herron
Membership Secretary: Ralph Dickinson
Social Secretary: Leanne Herron
Ladies: Helen Morris

 Kit: Mal Darbyshire

The following are also on the committee:

 John Mallon, Iain Singer, Anne Potts, Louise Rawlinson

 

 

Anybody interested in becoming a Club Coach?

HOW DO I GET STARTED??

See either Aynsley Herron, Keith Willshire or any of the coaches (they won’t bite!!), have a chat about what you can or cannot do, get some kit, then join in on some sessions that are already going - and have fun!!
If you decide to become a coach, then you can decide which coaching path to follow. Then enrol onto one of the Level One course to begin. They only require your attendance and there is NO formal Exam!!!
Upon completion of your course; you will (eventually) be put on U.K.A.’s database, receive a coaching card, and be invited to some sessions with expert coaches to improve your skills.
You will need to work alongside one of our existing coaches, who will be there to help and guide you.

WHO PAYS??

Blyth Running Club will pay your course fees.
We need you to help our athletes!!

And we can (usually) get grant aid if we know in time.
Or, you can pay yourself – we do not mind!!!

If you progress onto a Level 2 course, which requires two days study and to specialize in jumps, throws, sprints or endurance. You will then be able to develop your own group, and (hopefully) see them develop and improve under your guidance.

 

CLUB RECORDS 

With the new web-site being compiled by Steve, it probably seems a good time to try and compile some Club records. The obvious first point of call was Andy Brown, so as a starting point here are the first batch of (male) records. If people think that they have PB’s which may make the list, especially in the age categories if they can e-mail them to me I will try and build up the records. My address is keithw53@o2.co.uk

Andy’s best times are:       

                      

10K Personal Bests

Year

Month

Race

Time

1993

September

Valli

31:28

1990

November

Heaton

31:40

1993

March

South Shields

31:47

 

 

 

 

10Mile Personal Bests

Year

Month

Race

Time

1993

November

Brampton/Carlisle

51:05

1997

April

Blyth Valley

52:05

1993

September

Tynedale

52:12

 

 

 

 

1/2Marathon Personal Bests

Year

Month

Race

Time

1993

September

Great North Run

01:09:24

1994

September

Great North Run

01:09:34

1994

March

Langbaugh

01:09:41

 

 

 

 

Marathon Personal Bests

1993

April

London

02:29:42

         

I have also included Andy’s training log for the period leading up to the marathon – if anybody wants to replicate for this years.

 

London Marathon 1993 Training Log

Day

Date

Session

Comment

Week xx

 

 

Fri

01/01/2003

Morpeth to Newcastle 1:17:59

V. Pleased. Despite heavy cold, foot?

Sat

02/01/2003

7 mile, easy

Solo run

Sun

03/01/2003

14 mile, steady

Holywell run with Dave K

 

 

 

 

Week 1

 

 

Mon

04/01/2003

10 mile, 70 mins

Steady pace after slow start

Tue

05/01/2003

8 mile, 54 mins

Sluggish start, picked pace up last 3 mile

Wed

06/01/2003

W/ Series 2.5 mile 12:22 (4 mile jog)

OK Good conditions, should have ran faster

Thur

07/01/2003

4 mile, easy

Felt tired

Fri

08/01/2003

5 mile

Sports Park Cramlington

Sat

09/01/2003

8 mile, easy

Blyth streets

Sun

10/01/2003

12 mile, steady

Beamish run with Dave K

 

 

Total 52 mile

 

Week 2

 

 

Mon

11/01/2003

10 mile, steady

Club session around Blyth

Tue

12/01/2003

6 mile

Very windy run around Blyth, Dave K

Wed

13/01/2003

12 mile, good pace 1:17

Bedlington, Ridge Farm with Rob H

Thur

14/01/2003

8 mile, 56 mins

Blyth run with Dave K

Fri

15/01/2003

4 mile, easy

Very windy

Sat

16/01/2003

NE XC Pontefract 7.5mile, 39:52

V Hard, V Windy, V Soft

Sun

17/01/2003

10 mile 1:25

Thru' fields back along links. V windy, Knee?

 

 

Total 57 mile

 

Week 3

 

 

Mon

18/01/2003

16 mile, steady 1:51

Ran with Dave K, weather damp / ideal. Knee?

Tue

19/01/2003

8 mile, 58 mins

Blyth run with Dave K, both tired from Mon, knee?

Wed

20/01/2003

14 mile, 1:38 steady

Bedlington, Guidepost, Stakeford with Rob H, felt OK, knee?

Thur

21/01/2003

Rest

Very tired

Fri

22/01/2003

11 mile, 1:15

Run around Blyth very cold and wet. Felt OK after 4 mile

Sat

23/01/2003

10 mile, 65 mins, steady

Run up River Blyth with Dave K

Sun

24/01/2003

12 mile

Whickham, pleased to get run in.

 

 

Total 71 mile

 

Week 4

 

 

Mon

25/01/2003

10 mile, 65 mins, steady

Bedlington Loop with Rob I

Tue

26/01/2003

Rest

 

Wed

27/01/2003

15.5 mile, 1:41 steady

Good run with Rob I, Blyth to stone and back, felt strong.

Thur

28/01/2003

6 mile, Course A, easy

Felt tired after yesterday

Fri

29/01/2003

8 mile, easy

Solo run around Blyth

Sat

30/01/2003

AM 11 mile, easy. PM 4 mile

AM Handicap course solo  PM Sports Park

Sun

31/01/2003

17 mile, easy, 2hrs

Scenic solo run, Whickham and Beamish

 

 

Total 71 mile

 

Week 5

 

 

Mon

01/02/2003

10 mile, 68 mins, comfortable pace

Bedlington loop with Dave K

Tue

02/02/2003

6x1000 off 2mins (2:58, 2:57, 2:56, 2:57, 2:57, 2:52)

Kitty Brewster, felt better than I thought.

Wed

03/02/2003

15 mile 1:42 Good pace

Blyth, Cambois, Stakeford with Dave K, very enjoyable

Thur

04/02/2003

6x1000 off 2mins (3:05, 3:02, 3:05, 3:05, 3:04, 2:58)

Windy still very good.

Fri

05/02/2003

8 mile steady

Blyth run with Dave K

Sat

06/02/2003

7 mile easy

Solo run around Blyth

Sun

07/02/2003

14 mile, 1:46

Thru' fields , Churchills, links.

 

 

Total 64 miles

 

Week 6

 

 

Mon

08/02/2003

9 mile easy

Solo run , felt empty.

Tue

09/02/2003

11 mile 1:18 easy

Bedlington, Stakeford with Dave K

Wed

10/02/2003

Winter Series 2.5 mile 12:00 (4 mile jog)

Excellent run, ran solo as guests were not running

Thur

11/02/2003

8 mile 56mins easy

Recovery run around Blyth, tired from yesterday.

Fri

12/02/2003

14 mile 1:34 easy

Good run with Rob I and dog (Bonnie), felt very good

Sat

13/02/2003

11 mile 1:11

Solo run Bedlington, Guidepost, Stakeford, felt very good

Sun

14/02/2003

22 mile 2:32

Long solo run to Park Hotel, very tired.

 

 

Total 80 miles

 

Week 7

 

 

Mon

15/02/2003

16 mile, 1:47, good pace 2nd half

Rex Hotel and back with Rob H, cracking return

Tue

16/02/2003

6x1000 off 2mins (2:57, 2:56, 2:55, 2:56, 2:58, 2:53)

Kitty Brewster With Rob H and Dave K. Very good.

Wed

17/02/2003

Rest

 

Thur

18/02/2003

11 mile, 1:18

Solo run, felt tired.

Fri

19/02/2003

6x1000 off 2mins (2:52, 2:52, 2:52, 2:52, 2:48, 2:46)

Solo effort, very pleasing.

Sat

20/02/2003

8 mile easy

Felt very tired

Sun

21/02/2003

Blyth X Country 38:35 3rd

Quite pleasing.

 

 

Total 50 miles

 

Week 8

 

 

Mon

22/02/2003

16 mile 1:48

Power Station, S/ford, Bedlington pleasing run after xcountry

Tue

23/02/2003

6x1000 off 2mins (2:57, 2:53, 2:54, 2:55, 2:56, 2:52)

Kitty Brewster, chased Dave K handicapped, felt comfortable

Wed

24/02/2003

16 mile 1:37 pacey

Rex Hotel with Rob H, very pleased with time, felt good

Thur

25/02/2003

8 mile easy

Solo run around Blyth, legs tired

Fri

26/02/2003

8 mile easy

Solo run around Blyth

Sat

27/02/2003

National X Country 9 mile, 51:10

Very hard

Sun

28/02/2003

21 mile 2:48 easy

Solo run in snow, very cold. Blyth , Bedlington, Stakeford.

 

 

Total 85 miles

 

Week 9

 

 

Mon

01/03/2003

11 mile easy

Run with Dave K

Tue

02/03/2003

6x1000 off 2mins (3:02, 2:58, 2:58, 3:00, 3:00, 2:53)

Very hard, windy, very tired.

Wed

03/03/2003

Rest

Felt shattered

Thur

04/03/2003

11 mile 1:17

Solo run Bedlington, Stakeford, felt better.

Fri

05/03/2003

15 mile 1:32 very good pace

Stakeford run with Rob H.

Sat

06/03/2003

Rest

Blister

Sun

07/03/2003

21 mile (2:08, 70 mins out 58 mins return)

Derwent Walk very good return.

 

 

Total 67 miles

 

Week 10

 

 

Mon

08/03/2003

Rest

Blister

Tue

09/03/2003

Rest

Blister

Wed

10/03/2003

Rest

Blister

Thur

11/03/2003

11 mile 1:06

Hard run blister sore

Fri

12/03/2003

Rest

Blister

Sat

13/03/2003

Rest

Blister

Sun

14/03/2003

22 mile 2:30

Two Rivers + Blyth with Dave K

 

 

Total 33 miles

 

Week 11

 

 

Mon

15/03/2003

Rest

Blister

Tue

16/03/2003

11 mile 1:13

Run with Dave K, don't feel that good

Wed

17/03/2003

10 mile

Solo run to stone, still feel sluggish, blister?

Thur

18/03/2003

6x1000 off 2mins (3:04, 3:01, 3:01, 2:59, 3:00, 2:59)

Very windy, still feel sluggish.

Fri

19/03/2003

16 mile 2hrs

Solo run, no bounce in legs. River Blyth, Holywell, fields

Sat

20/03/2003

4 mile, easy

Feel a lot better?

Sun

21/03/2003

Langbaugh 1/2M 1:10:25

Excellent PB. Felt comfortable

 

 

Total 60 miles

 

Week 12

 

 

Mon

22/03/2003

9 mile easy

Recovery run, felt tired from yesterday.

Tue

23/03/2003

14 mile 1:41

Solo run, River Blyth, Stakeford. Felt OK, legs improving.

Wed

24/03/2003

15 mile 1:41

Rex Hotel with Steve G, Rob I, very comfortable.

Thur

25/03/2003

6x1000 off 2mins (2:59, 2:56, 2:55, 2:54, 2:55, 2:50)

Comfortable, legs still aching

Fri

26/03/2003

7 mile easy

Legs still tired, not that bothered.

Sat

27/03/2003

South Shields 10K  31:47

Very pleased

Sun

28/03/2003

23 mile 2:42

Long run, felt OK after 3 mile, still on a high from Sat

 

 

Total 78 miles

 

 

 

Week 13

 

 

Mon

29/03/2003

15 mile 1:40 pacey return

Rex Hotel with Rob H, very pleased windy going out, felt good

Tue

30/03/2003

13 mile 1:28

River Blyth, Stakeford. This week is going to be tiring.

Wed

31/03/2003

15 mile 1:42

R. Blyth, S/ford. Rob I, Dave K, Very wet,cold. Stomach sore.

Thur

01/04/2003

13 mile 1:32

Thru' fields, links and Blyth. Got stronger. Comfortable

Fri

02/04/2003

16 mile 1:51

Two Rivers with Dave K. Felt tired early on but enjoyed run.

Sat

03/04/2003

9 mile 72 mins easy

Solo run, legs tired

Sun

04/04/2003

19 mile 2:07

Rex Hotel, felt very good after 4 mile

 

 

Total 101 miles

 

Week 14

 

 

Mon

05/04/2003

Rest

Deserved rest, thought big toe sore.

Tue

06/04/2003

8 mile 53:58

Sluggish run around Blyth with Dave K

Wed

07/04/2003

Winter Series 2.5 mile 12:06 (4 mile jog)

Very good run in good conditions

Thur

08/04/2003

7 mile

Cut 8 miler short due to wet and windy conditions

Fri

09/04/2003

10 mile

River Blyth, Bedlington and return. Wet, cold and windy.

Sat

10/04/2003

4 mile, easy

Feel tired

Sun

11/04/2003

13 mile 1:30

Solo run thru' fields, very good

 

 

Total 46 miles

 

Week 15

 

 

Mon

12/04/2003

16 mile 1:51

Two Rivers with Dave K. Very wet, enjoyable, felt comfortable.

Tue

13/04/2003

8 mile 54 mins

Solo run around Blyth. Feel tired

Wed

14/04/2003

9 mile, 1 hr, easy

Sluggish run with club.

Thur

15/04/2003

Course A   36:15

Good pace though still felt sluggish.

Fri

16/04/2003

Rest

 

Sat

17/04/2003

3 mile easy

Run around Parks of London

Sun

18/04/2003

London Marathon 2:29:42

BRILLIANT MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

 

 

Total 68 miles

 

Week 16

 

 

Mon

19/04/2003

Rest

Well deserved

Tue

20/04/2003

6 mile, slow

Knackered very sore

Wed

21/04/2003

3 mile, easy

Legs sore

Thur

22/04/2003

Rest

Hot Baths

Fri

23/04/2003

8 mile

River Blyth run then massage.

Sat

24/04/2003

3 mile jog

Slightly better

Sun

25/04/2003

Blyth Valley 10       53:16

Delighted to win George Hall Trophy. Very hard on legs.

 

 

Total 32 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calendar

Another suggestion which we are trying to implement is to have an event calendar on-line. Hopefully this would include all local races, GP races, WS and Summer Cups and the training schedule, maybe even some social events as well.

 

Winter Series

This is the 20th anniversary of the very first Winter Series held in 1988/89 and the average number of runners in each race was about 20. The very first race was won by Stevie Gillespie, while the first Series winner was Kenn Gibson. The following all took part in the first series and they are still running them 20 years later

        :                               Martin Gaughan

                                        Steve Gillespie

                                        Dave Cox

                                        Joe Frazer

                                        Rob Hall

 

 

A message from your new Chairman.

Hi, my name’s Kevin Freeman, aged 52, and I live in Blyth with my wife Liz (social member) and three children Emma (active member), Mark and Luke (ex-active members working towards a return!) - not forgetting the family dog (and occasional marshal) Flyn.

 

I’ve lived in Blyth for about 20 years and I work as a Pharmacist for Boots.  Until now I have never served on the committee.  I wish you to know how proud, privileged and excited I feel at having the opportunity to be your Chairman.

 

Firstly, on behalf of all BRC members I would like to thank the outgoing Chairman, Ralph Dickinson, for his hard work in helping the club move forwards.  His knowledge, experience and energy are indeed an impossible act to follow, but my aim is to help develop and grow an already strong club.

 

Running is in my genes, my blood.  For most of my adult life I have ran and raced - firstly for Chester-le-Street & District AC, and since 1997 for Blyth Running Club.  In my pre and early teenage years I ran for North Shields Poly.  My father, Gordon Freeman, was an exceptional athlete - some of his many claims to fame are:

 

Coming 24th in National Cross Country Championships (1954)

Northumberland and Durham 10 mile Champion (1959) - beating Jim Alder, Commonwealth Gold Medalist)

Beating the former world mile record holder, Derek Ibbotson in a 2 mile track handicap (95 yards) (1959)

Broke the Road Running Club 12 mile course record in Middlesbrough in 64min 11sec (1960)

2 mile track in 9min 20 sec (1961)

 

Although I have never achieved so much my PB portfolio is robust if not dated!

 

Marathon        2.32.54           1985

10 miles         52.56              1986

10K (track)     31.51              1987

5K (track)       15.28              1986

1 mile              4.32                1986

 

So, like me you’ve chosen to be a member of a friendly and vibrant running club,

(congratulations and remember to pay your 2009 subs to Ralph).

 

Please, when competing, wear the green and white vest with pride, dignity and passion.  Remember you are an ambassador for BRC and other athletes/spectators will judge our great club by the way you conduct yourself.  For social and non-competing club members please take every opportunity to praise BRC and accentuate all the positives.  If you do have issues, problems or concerns speak to any committee member and I promise we will listen and try our best to resolve issues speedily and satisfactorily.

 

2009 is well upon us so why not consider trying something different this year?

 

If you fancy testing yourself over a middle/long distance road race, then why not have a chat with Joe Frazer or Mal Darbyshire? 

 

If fell running appeals to you but you’re not quite sure where to start then a moment or two with Steve Walker or Terry Hart would be fruitful.

 

If track running or field events might be your forte - speak to Helen Morris, Iain Singer or John Mallon.

 

Mud and cross-country running might seem like a challenge so grab the attention of Rob Barkley, Adam Robinson or Alex Sewell, all stalwarts of this unique discipline.

 

Maybe you want to improve your pace and speed then speak to one of our experienced, helpful and knowledgeable coaches, Keith Willshire or Aynsley Herron for example.

 

For tips and guidance on quality performances engage one of our more speedy athletes Gary Jones, Andrew Henderson, Paul Whalley or Peter Brown.

 

Helping the club’s management or administration may interest you - so just talk to any committee member for support.

 

Whatever you choose there are lots of people in BRC who can help you, and with that help I wish you lots of luck, enjoyment and success.

 

Finally, I was chatting to an athlete recently who was telling me about a particularly arduous fell race he’d competed in recently.  Conditions on the day were harsh and just before halfway he was forced to withdraw.  Prior to this he’d questioned his sanity in actually running in the race and, more worryingly, he’d even began doubting whether he’d run ever again!  One hour later, after a hot shower, and a piping hot mug of tea he was seen filling in the 2009 entry form for that very event!!

 

Whilst I don’t endorse withdrawing from a race, I believe this illustrates the draw athletics has and the spirit athletes have.

 

 

Thank you.

 

 

                                                   Winter Series 2008/09

 

Here are the team positions and times after the first five races. Somebody has even finished in the bottom three and told the handicapper not to bother adjusting his handicap as he just had a bad run – is this a first?

 

LEAGUE.

RACE 1

RACE 2

RACE 3

RACE 4

RACE 5

RACE 6

RACE 7

TOTAL

Posn.

THE BROONS

39

50

75

43

103

 

 

310

1

CHARLIES ANGELS

54

117

48

104

78

 

 

401

2

GENERATION GAME

120

88

55

110

67

 

 

440

3

THE STEWART CLAN

94

105

113

63

90

 

 

465

4

RON'S RUNNERS

96

133

84

77

81

 

 

471

5

MCCABES MAFIA

59

135

59

119

119

 

 

491

6

GAUGHAN TO THE DOGS

125

140

126

59

70

 

 

520

7

RUN DMC

150

84

106

93

131

 

 

564

8

NO HOPERS

123

54

162

163

121

 

 

623

9

THE KENNY KREW

176

83

159

164

105

 

 

687

10

PAM'S PEOPLE

139

110

113

175

154

 

 

691

11

KALVIN'S CROWD

158

155

166

150

138

 

 

767

12

 

Best 5

NAME

Race No.

 

 

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Posn

Time

Posn

Time

Posn

Time

Posn

Time

Posn

Time

13

Leanne Herron

30

 

3

16:40

55

 

4

16:08

6

15:43

50

 

22

Dave Roberts

58

 

51

18:01

10

17:03

2

16:49

10

16:34

25

16:19

26

Jacob Hall

83

 

2

15:56

55

 

42

16:06

15

15:53

9

15:46

29

Robbie Barkley

3

 

13

14:26

8

13:57

47

14:12

21

14:01

8

13:45

31

Alison Lowes

46

 

19

22:07

16

21:52

21

21:59

4

21:37

11

21:03

32

Julie Lemin

42

 

4

18:18

21

18:18

52

19:03

7

18:18

38

18:18

34

Richard Shillinglaw

65

 

10

19:21

39

19:43

16

19:26

8

19:18

27

19:05

34

Dave Bradley

6

 

50

 

45

17:47

17

17:27

12

17:20

5

17:00

38

David Logan

44

 

6

15:51

19

15:45

13

15:39

31

15:43

50

 

38

Louise Rawlinson

55

 

9

22:05

6

21:35

23

21:31

34

21:47

50

 

38

Emma Freeman

19

 

25

18:17

4

17:32

55

 

9

17:19

35

17:11

41

Cath Young

78

 

16

17:16

11

17:04

14

17:10

33

17:16

22

17:02

42

Catherine Rowbottom

81

 

20

22:24

7

21:53

15

21:41

42

22:03

21

21:16

42

Adam Smith

67

 

17

15:33

5

15:03

39

15:14

20

14:59

50

 

43

Iain Singer

66

 

48

17:33

9

16:29

11

16:06

37

16:24

23

16:02

44

Chris Stone

70

 

44

17:57

32

17:16

22

17:00

18

16:58

4

16:24

47

Gary Jones

39

 

8

13:29

12

13:04

28

13:19

27

13:24

36

13:26

47

Shaun Dodd

15

 

24

16:30

41

16:48

20

16:43

3

16:19

37

16:16

49

Sarah Herron

28

 

38

23:57

31

23:15

12

22:53

32

23:00

6

22:22

52

James Young

79

 

35

18:47

29

18:14

48

18:28

11

18:20

12

18:19

53

Graeme Stewart

69

 

36

17:34

23

16:51

43

17:08

2

16:21

28

16:05

53

Alex Sewell

64

 

5

16:20

50

19:12

7

16:17

41

16:32

41

16:31

53

Jake Jansen

85

 

28

18:20

24

18:08

50

18:36

1

17:22

50

 

53

Matthew Jackson

37

 

50

 

2

16:04

26

15:48

25

15:52

50

 

54

Sarah Kaminski

2

 

52

20:38

1

18:36

55

 

52

19:51

1

18:32

56

Terry McCabe

48

 

18

16:51

27

16:57

25

16:47

39

17:13

13

16:35

57

Stephanie Ramsey

54

 

7

21:53

49

23:54

5

21:45

49

22:27

45

22:30

59

Keith Wilshire

77

 

27

17:03

40

17:16

8

17:03

29

16:57

24

16:48

59

Helen Bruce

9

 

15

17:44

17

17:26

27

17:34

30

17:43

44

18:12

59

Allan Kenny

40

 

50

 

35

17:23

40

17:16

14

17:06

10

17:01

60

Peter Brown

8

 

11

14:21

26

14:26

36

14:24

23

14:20

34

14:25

61

Steve Bush

10

 

1

17:23

42

17:23

38

17:27

22

17:20

50

 

65

Kevin Freeman

18

 

33

16:00

36

15:54

41

15:47

17

15:41

15

15:36

66

Kirstie Johnson

38

 

42

18:05

28

17:28

31

17:21

55

 

7

16:56

66

Sharon Richardson

56

 

14

22:12

22

22:04

30

22:05

55

 

46

23:01

67

Steve Gillespie

22

 

31

15:55

20

15:33

37

15:41

16

15:24

40

15:54

67

Ron Ingram

36

 

39

18:29

38

17:55

9

17:50

40

18:01

20

17:30

69

Craig Birch

5

 

50

 

18

14:28

6

14:15

45

14:38

50

 

70

Aynsley Herron

29

 

50

20:45

3

19:24

18

19:12

51

20:32

49

22:39

74

Helen Morris

50

 

32

17:27

30

17:15

32

17:06

28

17:11

16

16:52

76

Davina Lonsdale

45

 

22

20:12

55

 

35

20:07

36

20:20

19

19:59

77

Steve Walker

72

 

29

15:36

34

15:37

51

15:52

55

 

14

15:35

78

Ralph Dickinson

14

 

37

16:52

47

17:05

3

16:21

38

16:41

43

16:53

79

Trish Goodwin

23

 

50

 

13

22:05

34

22:22

35

22:33

32

22:32

79

Stacey Robinson

61

 

40

17:47

55

 

55

 

13

16:51

26

17:05

80

John Mallon

47

 

47

17:29

33

17:05

49

17:17

5

16:57

42

17:22

80

Martin Gaughan

21

 

26

15:02

55

 

55

 

24

14:51

30

14:52

86

Andrew Henderson

26

 

21

13:25

15

13:06

55

 

55

 

50

 

88

Gareth Hope

33

 

41

17:48

55

 

44

17:23

47

18:14

3

16:28

90

Joe Frazer

17

 

43

17:20

48

17:40

1

16:39

46

16:57

47

17:23

91

Charlotte Ramsey

53

 

45

19:16

44

19:24

46

19:41

55

 

2

18:25

93

Mal Darbyshire

13

 

12

15:54

55

 

55

 

50

16:51

31

16:23

96

Jocelyn Smith

68

 

50

 

46

22:19

19

21:58

44

22:37

33

22:09

101

Terry Hart

25

 

50

 

25

18:53

33

18:51

43

19:20

48

19:56

101

Lynn Watson

73

 

49

19:11

43

19:09

10

18:50

48

19:17

50

 

102

Louise Douglas

16

 

50

 

37

19:10

55

 

26

18:53

39

19:08

102

Steve Richardson

57

 

23

15:29

55

 

29

15:20

55

 

50

 

108

Dave Cox

12

 

34

17:05

55

 

24

16:31

55

 

50

 

117

Natalie Clarke

11

 

53

20:56

14

19:51

55

 

55

 

50

 

119

Susanne Hunter

86

 

50

 

55

 

54

18:02

19

17:14

50

 

120

Mark Nicholson

82

 

46

18:39

55

 

45

18:24

55

 

29

18:36

123

Amber McMinn

87

 

50

 

55

 

55

 

55

 

18

21:14

124

Liz Freeman

20

 

54

25:57

55

 

55

26:54

53

25:59

17

25:25

135

Adam Robinson

60

 

30

15:24

55

 

55

 

55

 

50

 

153

Kalvin Hurst

35

 

50

 

55

 

53

15:49

55

 

50

 

154

Paul Bertram

4

 

50

 

55

 

55

 

54

20:29

50